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Training For The Triple Crown: An Historical Perspective

Bob Baffert, trainer of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah, was scheduled to fly to Louisville, Ky., on Monday night to check in on the Zayat Stables’ homebred son of Pioneerof the Nile as he gears up to run for the … Continue reading

Inside the North American Racing Academy: Final Exams

Early May brings with it warm breezes across the gallop field at the Thoroughbred Center in Lexington, Ky. The grass has grown so long that North American Racing Academy executive director Remi Bellocq and the brightly-painted PVC pipes he’s holding … Continue reading

Zayat Says Lawsuit Claiming He Owes Offshore Bookmaker $1.65 Million ‘Meritless’

Ahmed Zayat, owner of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah, is fighting a lawsuit filed last year by a former “recruiter” for offshore bookmakers who says Zayat failed to pay a $1.65 million gambling debt from 2003, leaving the … Continue reading

Indiana Ousts Widely-Used Drug Testing Lab For ‘Continued Failure To Detect Substances’

Officials at Truesdail Laboratories in Irvine, Calif., said they plan to contest a May 12 decision by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission to terminate the company’s equine drug testing contract after Truesdail failed to detect high levels of commonly used … Continue reading

Preakness 140: One To Remember, On And Off The Track

There is something special about the Preakness. It’s not as big an event as the Kentucky Derby or as important a horse race as the Belmont Stakes. But the middle jewel of the Triple Crown for years has been my … Continue reading

Floating A ‘Grand’ Plan For Maryland Racing And The Preakness

During an impromptu meeting with the media in the Pimlico press box three hours before the Preakness Stakes  on Saturday afternoon, Maryland Jockey Club president and chief operating officer Sal Sinatra repeated statements made during the week that track owner … Continue reading

The Friday Show: No Backing Down In Baltimore

One of the most thrilling aspects of the Triple Crown has always been the rivalries that develop between top horses. Occasionally, those horses happen to live in the same barn. If American Pharoah wins Saturday’s Preakness, he will have earned … Continue reading

‘Triple Frown’: Derby Dreamers Who Woke Up Before The Preakness

As racing turns its eyes from Churchill Downs to Pimlico Race Course, the annual speculation begins anew—will the winner of the roses pick up the Black-Eyed Susans and carry on fresh hopes of a horse breaking the Triple Crown curse? We … Continue reading

Pennsylvania Racing Commission: Castillo Found With ‘Machine’

Jockey Angel Castillo, second leading jockey at Parx Racing in Pennsylvania, was abruptly taken off his mounts after finishing second in Tuesday’s fourth race when officials with the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission said they discovered a prohibited electrical device in his possession. … Continue reading

Rematch In Baltimore: Precedent For Stablemate Triple Crown Battles

Count me among the skeptics thinking Bob Baffert would not run Dortmund in the Preakness immediately after stablemate American Pharoah’s hard-fought win over Firing Line and Dortmund in the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby. Why would a trainer risk … Continue reading